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How To Clean The Inside And Outside Of Your Condenser Unit

If you have not serviced or cleaned your air conditioner, it definitely won't be as efficient as the day it was installed. This is to be expected, especially if you live in a hot climate where you are running your AC for the majority of the year. Perhaps the most important part of any AC system to clean is the condenser unit. This is the large appliance located outside of your house, right next to the wall. You might actually call this the air conditioner, but it is technically the condenser unit. This article explains how to clean the inside and outside walls of your condenser unit.

Cleaning the Outside of the Unit

Cleaning the outside of your condenser unit is very straightforward. You should cut the power to your unit before you begin by flipping the breaker switch. Then, just use a hose to spray the condenser down. This might wash all of the dirt and grime out. If you look closely, you will notice that the condensers are lined with aluminum. The aluminum sticks out in small rows or ridges. If the space between the individual ridges is clogged with dirt and grime, your condenser will struggle. If you have not cleaned your condenser in a while, or ever, you might need to use a little bit of soap to help break down the dirt. Most all purpose cleaners or car wash soaps will do the job just fine.

Cleaning the Inside of the Unit

The inside walls of the condenser unit are lined with the exact same aluminum ridges. However, they are obviously more difficult to clean because they are harder to access. On most units, you can easily remove the protective cage on the top by taking out a couple of screws. Once the screws are removed, you can pull the cage off and have full access to the inside of your condenser. Some units will have a top-mounted fan that is attached to the cage. This can also be removed as long as you unplug the power supply as you lift the cage off.

At this point you will be able to spray down the inside coils, all the way down to the bottom. You just need to be careful that all the dirt running out of the coils does not clog the drains at the bottom of the condenser pan. If the water does not drain properly, your condenser could get damaged. However, this is really only an issue if you have an inordinate amount of dirt in your coils.

For more information, contact local professionals like JV Systems Air Conditioning And Heating of Tampa Bay Inc.